PhD in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Promotion Disease Prevention

Application Deadlines

All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission





April 1

April 1

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Admission Requirements


Applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) applicationAll application materials need to be submitted through SOPHAS


Must hold a Master’s degree or other advanced degrees in a field related to health promotion and disease prevention from a recognized college or university. Exceptional students with a Bachelor's degree will also be considered

Most students enter with Master’s or other advanced degrees, although exceptional students with Bachelor’s degrees will be considered.


Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale GPA for all graduate coursework.

 Domestic or US Transcripts
Must be sent from the institution's Registrar’s Office directly to SOPHAS at the following address:
SOPHAS Mailing and Contact Information
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2090 | Email | Website
 International Transcripts
All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.  For further instructions, you may visit

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation. At least two letters should be from faculty members in the applicant's previous academic program. The remaining letter can be from an academic or professional reference.

Statement of Intent

A 500-700 word statement of intent which supports interest areas, career goals, and preferred faculty mentor.

Faculty Sponsor

An identified faculty sponsor from the UNMC Health Promotion Department.

Resume or CV

A resume or curriculum vitae.


Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States. There is no waiver of the TOEFL.


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Contact Information

UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359
Phone: 402-552-9867

Department of Health Promotion
Melissa Tibbits, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Phone: 402-559-9447